Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

A Regional Urban Design Forum

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Free and open to all. Bring your own lunch.


What impacts will climate change and rising sea level have on California, and particularly on the Bay Area?  What is being done to reduce these impacts?  What are the implications of these changes on the form and function of our shorelines?  And how might climate change alter our region’s urban pattern?

While climate change is usually considered an environmental issue, Will Travis will illustrate how rising sea level will impact the Bay Area’s infrastructure and economy — and explains why the region’s future economic prosperity depends on effective climate change adaptation.

About the Presenter: 

Will Travis is an authority in adaptation planning, especially as it relates to sea level rise.  Travis has spent most of his professional career working for California’s two state coastal management agencies: as a planner for the California Coastal Commission, and as Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).  Under his leadership BCDC became the nation’s first state coastal management agency to adopt development regulations for addressing sea level rise.

Travis has lectured at universities throughout North America, written extensively on planning and resource management, and serves on the boards of numerous professional and civic organizations, including Berkeley’s Planning Commission.  Travis also chaired a special citizens’ committee, which worked with the University of California to formulate Berkeley’s downtown plan.

Travis also spearheaded the public acquisition of 10,000 acres of privately-owned salt ponds along the northern shoreline of San Francisco Bay.  The ponds are now being converted to natural habitat as part of the largest wetland restoration project in the western United States. In 2009, he received the Jean Auer Environmental Award from the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, and in 2012 he received the Frank C. Boerger Award from the Bay Planning Coalition.

Travis has architecture and regional planning degrees from Penn State University.  He and his wife, Jody Loeffler, are the authors of Katherine’s Gift, a memoir of international adoption. They live in Berkeley, California.

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